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Apple Found Guilty of Fixing E-Book Prices

Apple Found Guilty of Fixing E-Book Prices

Posted July 10, 2013 at 2:58pm by iClarified
The Department of Justice has won its e-book price fixing case against Apple. Today, Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple was guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices. Another trial will follow at a later date to determine the damages.

Cote believed the plaintiffs delivered "compelling evidence" that Apple violated anti-trust laws and played a central role with major publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise e-book prices. In a 159 page decision, the judge wrote the following:

Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise e-book prices and equipped them with the means to do so. Without Apple's orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did.

The DOJ claimed that Apple and publishers worked out a deal which stated they could not sell books on other stores at a lower price, which allowed Apple to to gain a substantial share of the market avoiding most competition.

Apple responded with the following statement:

"Apple did not conspire to fix ebook pricing and we will continue to fight against these false accusations. When we introduced the iBookstore in 2010, we gave customers more choice, injecting much needed innovation and competition into the market, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. We’ve done nothing wrong and we will appeal the judge’s decision."

The DOJ is touting its victory via a press release from Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer.

“This result is a victory for millions of consumers who choose to read books electronically … Companies cannot ignore the antitrust laws when they believe it is in their economic self-interest to do so. This decision by the court is a critical step in undoing the harm caused by Apple’s illegal actions.”

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Eddie - August 29, 2013 at 5:39am
Who cares? Fix the site! It's routing every link to this post...
bob53366 - August 29, 2013 at 5:34am
why is the the ONLY article on this blog?
gamerscul9870 - July 11, 2013 at 4:58am
Everyone below this line didn't give a damn ______________________________________________
Dan - July 10, 2013 at 4:48pm
Not surprised that apple would do such a thing!! I like their products but not believing their innovation crap speeches anymore....
Darryn - July 10, 2013 at 4:22pm
I love Apple. But price fixing is a serious offence.
NoGoodNick - July 10, 2013 at 4:00pm
As much as I love Apple, this was the RIGHT decision, and Apple deserves to get slammed for this clearly monopolistic control of the market. They've effectively killed the whole 'lower cost for ebooks than for print books' model that Amazon pioneered, and it's hurt consumers across the board. I'd like to see their penalty commensurate with financial penalty they've cost ALL ebook readers from this action!
The Voice Of Reason
The Voice Of Reason - July 10, 2013 at 8:39pm
Well said. This is what people who advocate unbridled "free markets" don't understand: without some level of supervision and accountability, the markets are not free. Just like we accept speed limits on the highways, there must be safeguards to prevent powerful entities from chancing the natural course and nature of the free markets... after all freedom to destroy something is a freedom best not utilised. Of course there will be posters in this thread who will not get the point, make arguments like "nobody is forcing you to buy it", or call us whiny bitches. But those are the small minded sheep that enjoy being led to the slaughter, so f them.
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